Situated on the border of Devon and Cornwall, Wooda provides the ideal location to explore all Bude and the surrounding areas have to offer.
From walking to sightseeing, visiting local towns to action packed fun filled days with the family, there is something to suit all ages and interests, whatever the weather.
Unique and unspoilt, Bude is North Cornwall's premier resort. Breathtaking coastal scenery provides amazing views, and the rugged coastline is very popular with those who love to walk. This beautiful seaside town has a number of independently owned shops as well as a choice of high quality restaurants and cosy pubs – the perfect destination for those looking for a Cornish holiday by the sea.
Bude is very near the border with Devon so is within easy reach of Dartmoor and the picturesque village of Clovelly. Also within a short drive is the world famous Eden Project, and the pretty fishing villages of Boscastle and Port Isaac. A little further down the coast, Padstow is the largest of the north coast harbours. Bude does also have a little harbour providing moorings for a few small boats – perfect for fisherman to deliver the catch of the day to the lovely local restaurants.
Bude is renowned for its excellent surf and beautiful sandy beaches. A vast array of outdoor activities provide excitement for the whole family; the adrenaline junkies will love coasteering, whilst canoeing, boating, or sailing amongst many more will suit those who prefer something a bit more gentle! For the less athletic the Bude Canal, with flat tow-path walks, marshes, thriving wetland and recreational areas provide excellent access for birdwatchers, fishermen, walkers and cyclists. Those looking for history will find much to explore. Bude's maritime museum, canal and unique sea-lock boast the history of the town, along with the battleground at Stratton and the dozens of beautiful churches in the area.
Cute, friendly and offering something for everyone, Bude provides the perfect holiday base. Nearby family attractions will provide real value for money days out, and create memories to last a lifetime.
There's no better way to explore our glorious countryside than by foot, North Cornwall boasts one of the most beautiful wild coastlines in Cornwall. Bude offers numerous footpaths and bridleways to the coast and countryside you may not even walk the same one twice! Your sure to have plenty to explore whatever your ability, from conquering Northcott steps to sipping wine whilst taking in the breath-taking views at the 'Pepper Pot'.
The public footpaths are well maintained and signed, however believe it or not, there is no off road route into Bude itself which is truly baazar when you look out towards the coast and see all the green fields! Bude is walkable from Wooda and will take you approximately 30-40 minutes, the roads are all pavemented from the bottom of Poughill Village. There is a 20mph speed restriction through the village so it is safe to walk with children, pushcahirs and pets. Be prepared for a slight climb on the way back - although the Preston Gate Inn in Poughill makes a good resting point or you can catch a bus! The Coast Path takes you south to Crackington Haven and further to Boscastle, Tintagel and Port Issac. A 10 mile (16km) walk to Crackington Haven has an easy start at Bude Canal and takes you past the 'Tower of the Winds' where on a clear day you can see inland Devon and Dartmoor Tors. Pass Widemouth Bay and the walk gets tough; down to the deserted cove of Millook where the cliff strata is unmissable, through Butterfly Valley and past the stunted ancient Oak's at Dizzard. A cream tea or pint of Cornish ale will certainly be needed when you reach Crackington Haven. Continue for 6.7 miles (11 km) into Boscastle or catch the regular bus back to Bude!Here are some recommended walks from Wooda;
Walking from Wooda to Northcott
Walking or Driving from Wooda to Sandymouth
Walking or Driving from Wooda to Bude Canal
Walking or Driving from Wooda to the Rectory tea rooms and Hawkers Hut (for keen walkers)
Driving to Crackington from Wooda - we recommend driving to Crackington first and then walking the circular path
The National Trust
The National Trust's website is a brilliant resource to find out about local walks and whats on at the National Trust properties in our area. Click here to go to their website.
Geocaching is like a digital treasure hunt. Employing smart phone technology, it’s great for getting techy types out of the living room exploring the outdoors as they follow clues to find little caches containing surprises.
Older people might like to think of it as letterboxing for the twenty-first century. It’s certainly a good way to get young people to engage with the living world. Here at Wooda and in the surrounding area, there is so many open spaces and freedom, beautiful places to explore. Geocaching involves some detective work as well as exercise - you will need to work out the location of the cache using GPS. The caches themselves are varied; some contain special log books to sign; others have small keepsakes to be swapped with a small item of your own!
This is not only a fun, growing idea, but one of the best free activities for children and adults alike. More geocaches are springing up all the time, but for several secret Bude locations (including some at Wooda) and a free downloadable app to get you started, try www.geocaching.com
Boscastle is a National Trust fishing village with a small quay and beautiful walks through the Valency Valley and St Nectan's Glen. It has several pubs; The Napoleon Inn and The Cobweb both serve lovely food and a delicious roast on a Sunday. (15 miles - 20 minutes)
Tintagel is one of the best known places in Cornwall, the birthplace of St. Arthur. The dramatic castle ruins sit high above the sea with wonderful views over the coastline. (18 miles – 25 minutes)
Port Isaac is a lovely 14th Century fishing village. Its narrow, winding streets are lined with old white-washed cottages creating a picturesque atmosphere. This unspoilt village was recently the setting for the television series Doc Martin. (26 miles – 40 minutes)
Clovelly is a privately owned village. The steep cobbled streets tumble down towards the harbour where fishing trips take place throughout the year. Pedestrians are able to walk down 'Hobby Dive' which meanders through beautiful woods, with beautiful views of the sea, coastline, village and harbour. There is a charge to enter the village. (15 miles – 25 minutes)
Rock is a small village situated on the edge of the Camel estuary. It has miles of beautiful sandy beaches, a cafe and a pub. A passenger ferry runs between Rock and Padstow in the summer months. (35 miles – 50 minutes)
Padstow is a fine example of a Cornish fishing port. Around the harbour, there are many craft, gift and clothes shops, artists' studios and a homemade fudge shop, along with the pubs and restaurants serving good food and 'real ale'. Padstow is also home to the famous 'Seafood Restaurant' run by Rick Stein. Wadebridge is a bustling little town. It has a lovely variety of individual shops ideal for browsing, along with many cafes and restaurants. (36 miles – 50 minutes)
Wadebridge is the start of the Camel Trail to Padstow or Bodmin, with Bridge Bike Hire providing an ideal place to hire bikes. (28 miles – 40 minutes)
Hartland is a quaint little village with a beautiful quay. It is home to 18th Century Hartland Abbey which is well worth a visit. (16 miles – 25 minutes)
Summerleaze, Bude – lovely sandy beach popular with families and close to the town centre with outdoor sea pool. Dogs allowed.
Crooklets, Bude – Otherwise known as 'the Bondi of Britain', Crooklets provides ideal conditions for surfers. The surf life saving club hold weekly demonstrations here every Tuesday at 7pm. Dogs not allowed.
Widemouth Bay - 3 miles south of Bude – two miles of open sand at low tide, popular with bathers and surfers, a lovely family beach. Dogs only allowed on South Side known as Black Rock Beach.
Sandymouth - 4 miles north of Bude – lovely quiet beach owned by the National Trust. There is a steep walk to the beach so not recommended for the less mobile. Dogs allowed.
Northcott Mouth - 2 miles north of Bude – small cove with plenty of pebbles and rock pools, sandy at low tide. Dogs allowed
Duckpool – 5 miles north of Bude – a small pebbled beach ideal for dog walkers and to sit and watch the sea. Duckpool isn't lifeguarded so swimming isn't recommended.
Crackington Haven – 8 miles south of Bude – a large sandy beach set just underneath the town popular with families and surfers.
Bude has a fantastic array of restaurants giving you the opportunity to sample a variety of delicious cusines.
The Courtyard Bar & Grill, Wooda Farm
Delicious homecooked food with a lovely atmosphere
The Preston Gate Inn, Poughill (www.prestongateinn.co.uk)
Pub food, very welcoming. Dog friendly and within walking distance from Wooda. Live music on Friday nights.
Rosie's Kitchen, Crooklets Beach (www.rosieskitchen.co.uk)
Overlooking Crooklets Beach serving bistro food, coffees, breakfasts etc. Play area for children.
Tommy Jacks, Crooklets Beach, (www.tommyjacks.co.uk)
Newly opened, Tommy Jacks is a 'chic beach brewpub' offering locally sourced fish, hearty platters and stone baked pizzas – the perfect beach hangout.
The Falcon Hotel, Bude (www.falconhotel.com)
Bar food or an a la carte restaurant option
The Brendon Arms (www.brendonarms.co.uk)
Classic pub food offering a good variety of meals
Life's a Beach (www.lifesabeach.info)
Sea food speciality – perfect for a special occasion
The Olive Tree, Bude (www.olivetreebude.co.uk)
Relax and enjoy alfresco dining or simply coffee and cake alongside the canal in Bude, or enjoy a delicious meal in the conservatory restaurant.
The Bay View Inn (www.bayviewinn.co.uk)
Variety of homecooked pub food with stunning views over Widemouth Bay. Children's play area.
Riverlife Café & Bistro (www.riverlifebistro.co.uk)
Beautiful food served in relaxing atmosphere using own home reared meat from Meddon Farm
The Bank at Bude – Tapas Bar (www.thebankatbude.co.uk)
Enjoy beautiful tapas dishes in a cosy atmosphere overlooking the marshes in Bude.
Elements – Italian (www.elements-life.co.uk)
Chic Cafe/bar with a delicious selection of Italian food and stunning views of the coastline
The Tree Inn (www.treeinn.co.uk)
'Oldy Worldy' pub, delicious homecooked food in a cosy atmosphere
Hebasca – (www.hebasca.co.uk)
'A modern, bold cocktail bar and a laid-back-to-the-nines grill restaurant'
Lovely selection of Indian cuisine, cosy atmosphere
Exceptional Indian cuisine, relaxed atmosphere
Stunning Thai/Chinese food – a must!
Here in Bude we have lots of local events taking place throughout the year. Here are some that you can enjoy whilst on holiday!
Bude and Stratton Folk Festival - 27th - 30th May
Enjoy brilliant music and fantastic atmosphere in Bude! Click here for more details
The Royal Cornwall Show - 8th, 9th & 10th June
A fun day out for all the family! With farm animals, shows, food and drink, music and much more, the Royal Cornwall Show is a great event in Cornwall!
Bude Carnival - 19th August
Join in with colourful carnival floats, street dancers and performers parading through Bude!
Bude Lifeboat Day - 28th August
A fun day for everyone! Held on the Wharf by the Bude Canal, watch the rescue demonstrations, enjoy live music and a firework display in the evening!
Bude Jazz 2016 - 29th August - 1st September
Listen to brilliant Jazz music in different venues across the town. Come and join in with the music atmosphere! There are jazz sessions and a jazz picnic taking place at Wooda too! For more information, see the Bude Jazz 2016's website
Bude offers many activities which are fun for all the family and reasonably priced too!
Children will love the large pool with a flume and wave machine at Splash! The beach-style shallow end is ideal for toddlers. View their website for more information on pricing and the most up to date timetable.
Harlequinns Leisure is situated next to Splash which encompasses Screamers play zone with slides, ball-pools and a separate toddler's area, a ten pin bowling alley, cafe and bar. A perfect activity if you do happen to get a poor weather day on your holiday!
Treasure Trails offer fun activities for the whole family. We sell the trails here, or you can buy them from the local tourist information centre too. Follow the clues around the towl to see if you can reveal the answer! They are also available for the nearby towns of Boscastle and Tintagel too.
The Milky Way theme park is a great family day out! Children will love the 'time warp', a huge indoor play area, bird shows, animal feeding, bumper cars and rollercoaster. Try archery or lazer shooting, whilst the youger ones will love the soft play areas and train ride! A value day out for the whole family.
The Big Sheep is a world famous all-weather attraction with masses of animals and even its own brewery! Children will love the huge adventure playground and whole host of different activities!
Cornwalls Crealy provides another fun family day out. Its water flumes, animals and heaps of indoor and outdoor play areas will prove a hit!
The Tamar Otter Sanctuary is a great favourite. Explore the habitats of the otters and experience feeding time!
Trethorne Leisure Farm is another great place to visit. Children are able to handle and feed the animals along with having fun on the indoor and outdoor adventure playgrounds!
The Eden Project is a great day out for visitors of all ages. Children will love to see how they live in the rainforests along with seeing how chocolate is made! A brilliant educational day out for everyone.
Newquay Zoo and the Blue Reef Aquarium are two more favourites however are a little further to travel. Visit their websites for more info!
The National Trust's website is a great resource for finding out about local events, walking, cycling, geocashing, star gazing and much more! Click here to go to their website and find out whats happening in our area whilst you are here on holiday.